I've been thinking about getting parakeets again and was wondering about your experiences with the little guys. The last time I had a pair was when I was a kid. Had a green and blue one and just did the standard cleaning and maintenance stuff and watched from afar as they never wanted anything to do with us. The only thing they wanted was to either play with each other and perch on the indoor tree we had. They had the temperament of leghorns! It would be nice to have a pair of tamer birds, with a temperament more like a heavy breed like RIR, doesn't need to be a lap type bird, but would that be possible if I picked a pair out from the pet store? Or will I have to try to find a hand raised few somewhere? I've heard of them being kept alone, but I think they are social creatures just like chickens that would be happier with a friend during the day. It was a long time ago when I had them, so maybe the pair I had when I was a kid were adults when they got home, perhaps traumatized by just the fact that it was surrounded by kids and not socalized. So tell me your stories of parakeet raising, the source they were from, trained/training, temperament and so on! I'd love to hear about them before getting a more.